Art-Making | Drawing: Negative Space and Abstract Shapes


Art-Making | Drawing: Negative Space and Abstract Shapes

Paul P. (Canadian, born 1977), Untitled (Flowers), 2003. Colored pencil. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Herbert Schorr, Graduate School Class of 1963, and Mrs. Schorr. © 2003, Paul P.


Thursday, June 25, 2020


8:00 PM EDT

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free online art-making experiences. Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom, so participants can join live from their home computers; techniques emphasize drawing with pen or pencil on paper. Each week’s lesson features works from the Museum’s collections.

In this session, we will practice looking at the spaces around a subject (negative space). Seeing shapes created between flower stems in a vase can be a helpful tool in drawing the subject, as well as creating more interesting moments in a drawing. We will also look at water in a vase, noticing all the abstract shapes that are created from light refracting and reflecting. Although they may seem complicated, glass and water are satisfying and surprisingly simple drawing subjects.

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Materials List for Drawing Classes

LATE THURSDAYS!  This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970.